Biblical Principles for Families
Among our friends, family and acquaintances, we know someone who is enslaved to drugs and alcohol. As believers, we have the unique opportunity to help reconcile this person to the Lord (if an unbeliever), or help restore him to a life of peace, joy and righteousness (if a believer). Just as important, we have the opportunity to enjoy an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father as we look to Him for the strength and wisdom to do what is right in His eyes for our loved one and friend.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God were pleading through us:
we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20 NKJV
Biblical Encouragement for Parents
“The Most Excellent Way” is love, acceptance and forgiveness. These attributes of God are to be expressed to children by their parents, just as our heavenly Father expresses them to us. We parents (if we are born-again believers) now have the power of Christ within us to break the chains of bondage. It is no longer necessary for our past sins to be passed on to our children:“the old has gone; the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17b). Show them!
During our season of addiction, we were selfishly seeking to satisfy our own appetites and desires. We gave too little of ourselves to our children —much less than they needed and wanted. They suffered because of us. We must be careful not to bring the selfish attitudes of our old life into our new life at our children’s expense. We must repair and rebuild. Our
concern for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs must meet or exceed our concern for ourselves. In fact, they should be intimately involved with our new life with Christ. It’s a whole new world for them. The Biblical principles provided here are to help and encourage you to love and guide your children. Allow them to share with you the love you have received, and to grow with you in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!
How to Help Your Addicted ADULT Child
Parents often ask what they should do to help their child who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The child is an adult, is unemployed and is still living at home with his parents. The parents are paying all or part of his or her living expenses.
Parents who provide a “safe house” where their children may eat, “sleep it off,” and come and go as they please, are actually forestalling their children experiencing the natural consequences of their destructive addiction.
Parents are often motivated to help their addicted children because of their love and sense of duty. Perhaps they believe they are somehow responsible for their child’s addiction. And they hope and pray their child will “wake up” to their problem and seek help. The guilt and shame parents feel are emotions that help keep their adult children at home and addicted.
“Victorious Living”... "The Beatitudes"
Each of the Beatitudes tells how to be “blessed” — other Bible translations use the words fortunate” or “happy.” These words don’t promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. Jesus turns the world’s idea of happiness upside down.
To Jesus, happiness means hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost. There are at least four ways to understand the Beatitudes:
(1) They are a code of ethics for the disciples and a standard of conduct for all believers.
(2) They contrast Kingdom values (that which is eternal and spiritual) with worldly values (what is temporary, or temporal).
(3) They contrast the superficial “faith” of the Pharisees with the real faith Christ wants.
(4) They show how the Old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the new Kingdom.
These Beatitudes are not multiple choice — pick what you like and leave the rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe what we should be like as Christ’s followers. These are the attitudes Jesus had, and He wants us to be like Him. To experience victorious living, we must embrace and develop these “BE” attitudes.
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Deadly EXCUSES for Rejecting Jesus
The Bible contains God’s responses to any excuse you may make for not submitting to the Gospel (Good News) message of Jesus Christ. It is “natural” for you to trust in your own ignorance of The Bible, while believing in your own goodness and innocence — most of us have something that causes us to cringe with shame.
The Bible points to a day when EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, and you will see how you failed to master your own fate. There will be no greater shame than standing naked before God, with no valid excuse for rejecting His love, acceptance and forgiveness that is yours for eternity by faith in His Son.
What are your excuses?
Who Do You THINK You Are, Anyway?
Who you think you are affects how you behave, and how you behave determines who you are. What you feel should not dictate your actions — emotions are not marching orders. If you do what you know will please God, your feelings will follow. In order to be who you are as a Christian, you must know who you are in Christ. If you are born again, the Bible says: ...
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Let us NOT GIVE UP MEETING:
We keep “The Most Excellent Way” meetings going because we know to withdraw from the strength of fellowship is to invite disaster — like a soldier in battle who lags behind the rest of his platoon and becomes an easy target
for the enemy.
- People who are trapped in addictions need to be welcomed into the Church, where they will find the love, acceptance and forgiveness of God leading to new life in Christ. Even though an independent attitude has existed since the Garden, we know God did not design us to survive on our own. He created us to be completely dependent on Him, and to need and care for one another. ...
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